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Anne Dublin

Anne Dublin

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Although I've written several biographies, it's hard for me to write my own life story. Where do I begin? My parents were Holocaust survivors who came to Toronto after World War II. Because we were very poor, there was no money to buy "extras". So I grew up in a house without books. But stories? There were lots of stories that I loved to hear, especially about the "old country". Eventually, I dicovered the public library and that opened up a whole new world for me. I read books in the biography section about famous people like Alexander Graham Bell and Florence Nightingale. I also loved the Anne books by L.M. Montgomery, Nancy Drew mysteries, fairy tales, and even Superman comic books. Although I liked writing in school, I never thought I'd become a writer. When I became an adult, I got married and had three daughters. I taught English and French at elementary schools for many years. But I still didn't think of myself as a writer. But when my children were young, I began to read to them and invent stories. Soon I was going to storytelling evenings and eventually I took a couple of storytelling courses. I began to fall in love with stories all over again. After I told one particular family story, I wanted to write it down. That story became an important scene in my first novel, Written on the Wind. Now that I've been writing for over twenty years, I can't imagine my life without writing.



Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure. 2021, Second Story Press
A Writer's Journey. 2021, Religious Studies and Theology
A Cage Without Bars. 2018, Second Story Press
44 Hours or Strike!. 2015, Second Story Press
Stealing Time. 2014, Dundurn Press
Odyssey Through Hell. 2014, WeMakeBooks
The Baby Experiment. 2012, Dundurn Press
The Orphan Rescue. 2010, Second Story Press
Dynamic Women Dancers. 2009, Second Story Press
Degrees of Separation. 2009, Parchment
June Callwood: A Life of Action. 2006, Second Story Press
This Ain't Graceland. 2006, Parchment
Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life. 2005, Pearson Education Canada
At the Old Folks' Home or, What's Happening?. 2005, Parchment
Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything. 2004, Second Story Press
Can a Jewish Girl Have a Fairy Godmother?. 2004, Parchment
Why Should Young Adults Read Holocaust Literature, Anyway?. 2002, The New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship
Written on the Wind. 2001, HodgePog Books


Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth) for A Cage Without Bars, 2019
Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth) for 44 Hours or Strike!, 2016
IODE Violet Downey Book Award for Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, 2005
Canadian Jewish Book Award (Children's literature) for Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, 2005
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Presentation Description

PowerPoint presentation, illustrating research e.g. people, places, information

Anecdotes about writing and research

Reading passages from book

Q & A

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Presentation Length:
50-60 minutes
historical fiction or biographies
4-10 (varies according to book)
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